Essay about Condoms and the Illusion of Safe Sex

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History repeats itself. Even today different issues arise that are quite similar if one takes the time to notice. Early in the twentieth century, smoking cigarettes became popular in America (“The #1 Preventable” 1). The average person had little awareness of the negative health effects of smoking other than perhaps throat irritation and coughing. In the 1920s, companies began claiming their brand of cigarettes was physician tested and approved (“Cigarettes were once” 2). With this in mind, the general public believed that smoking was not harmful at all. It was not until 1957 that a link was established between lung cancer and smoking (“1957: Smoking 'causes” 1). More negative effects would be discovered later. Despite this, the…show more content…
...The answer to both questions is almost certainly: "More likely." The free pads would encourage children to take up the game, and once they were in the habit of playing it, they would often do so without going to the trouble of strapping on their pads. Because condoms are available, students will be more likely to use them. They hear lectures on the importance of using condoms in state-required sexual education classes. They see the dispensers every time they walk into the bathrooms. This makes the idea of sex ever-present in their daily environment. So students will be more likely to choose to engage in “safe sex”. After that, they may start to underestimate the risk and build up the feeling of invincibility that is commonly felt among teenagers. However, even if they were to continue using condoms, “safe sex” is truly nothing more than an illusion. There are many physical risks from sexual intercourse that condoms do not protect against. Most people know about these risks – acquiring sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which are incurable or life threatening. However, the general public exaggerates and upholds the belief that using a condom can effectively protect against the diseases. Dr. Teresa Crenshaw would disagree. He was once a president of the American Association of Sex Educators and is currently a member in the U.S. Presidential AIDS Commission. He once wrote, “Saying that the use of condoms is ‘safe sex’ is in fact playing

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